You’ve probably noticed oils creeping into the skin-care aisles of your beauty boutique. Or perhaps coconut oil has made its way from your kitchen to your bathroom. There’s good reason for these rich, botanical concoctions to become part of your skin-care routine. We spoke to Kristina Tsiriotakis, head of learning and development for L’Occitane En Provence in Canada, to dish on beauty and body oils.
They’re super hydrating
“Body oils pack the most moisturizing power of any body treatment,” says Tsiriotakis, “Most lotions are 70 percent water, meaning your skin is receiving very little nourishing oil.” Although many favour creams because they are quick-absorbing, oils will always be more hydrating because they don’t break down as easily. The take-away? A couple of extra minutes in the morning applying an oil will keep you hydrated all day.
They’re full of good-for-you ingredients
Body oils are made from plant oils, all of which contain vitamins, proteins, mineral and essential fatty acids. Tailor your purchases to your needs by learning what different oils are good for. For example:
• Almond is high in omega-9.
• Vitamin E is great for healing.
• Shea is regenerating and is a must for those suffering from psoriasis, eczema and rosacea.
• Grape seed is good for strengthening and toning the skin.
They’re perfect for dewy, summer skin
“Body oils give the skin the most supple, dewy and lustrous look,” says Tsiriotakis, “which is perfect for when we start to show our skin more.” For that sun-kissed, just-from-the-beach glow, get a body oil.
We all know that winter tends to leave skin dry, but summer has its own dehydrating culprits too. Water, sun and air conditioning can all contribute to parched skin, so a body oil is ideal year round.